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Bilbao Masters Final 2016 - Round 10

Added on 07.23.2016

GM John Fedorowicz video recap  Well, we all knew that today, after that yesterday Magnus secured the victory of the Bilbao Masters Final, was going to be a peaceful round. And the six players didn't disappoint us, by playing some of the most boring round ever seen on the chess scene. There is really little to say about today's games, so let's try to analyze how this event went for each of the top guys participating. Magnus: what to say, he wins each and every event he participates in. He...Full Story

Bilbao Masters Final 2016 - Round 9

Added on 07.22.2016

GM Alex Yermolinsky video recap  Magnus again. It's getting almost boring, isn't it? I have to steal a line that a friend of mine sent me today, right after the Norwegian won his game with Giri and the tournament: "The dust from the last event was just settling into a pale gray blanket when the Carlsen train steamed through Bilbao. A thick and choking fog enveloped the venue and the other combatants fell to the floor, unable to withstand...". This quasi-poetic joke about Magnus' dominance of...Full Story

Bilbao Masters Final 2016 - Round 8

Added on 07.21.2016

GM Ronen Har-Zvi video recap  In their last game until the World Championship Match, to be held in November, Carlsen and Karjakin didn't make their fans very happy today. Game drawn in 19 moves. There's not much to say about the game, if not that probably Carlsen is happy with what he's got until now in Bilbao and, with two rounds to go, he's probably sure about who will win the event. And Karjakin is most likely hiding everything he's preparing for the big match. For sure, from what we saw in...Full Story

Bilbao Masters Final 2016 - Round 7

Added on 07.20.2016

IM Christof Sielecki video recap  It looks like Karjakin is not going to reveal any of his preparation for the World Championship match, looking at his rather insipid games. Today he played again a super-solid, risk-free game, drawing easily. Nakamura tried harder, creating some issues to Wesley So to resolve. Wesley though managed to set up an interesting counter-play plan, forcing the game into a drawish endgame. your web browser and/or your host do not support iframes as required to...Full Story

Bilbao Masters Final 2016 - Round 6

Added on 07.19.2016

GM Jon Speelman video recap  Everyone was waiting for the "revenge time" today in Bilbao. Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura played again each other, after the resounding victory of the American ace, who finally interrupted what was starting to look like a spell. Unfortunately, they both seemed anxious to bail out today and, after some skirmish during the opening, they went straight to an announced draw. your web browser and/or your host do not support iframes as required to display the...Full Story

Bilbao Masters Final 2016 - Round 5

Added on 07.17.2016

GM Ron W Henley video recap  A tenacious and precise Giri today stopped the Carlsen-locomotive, holding the amazing Norwegian to a draw. Magnus went for a Queen Gambit accepted, an opening that he has played a couple of times in his career, and in Blitz games. Magnus' preparation showed to be very good, and he was able to play aggressively. But Anish, against whom the World Champion has never won a classical game, defended superbly, dodging all the bullets Magnus tried to shoot at him. Then...Full Story

Bilbao Masters Final 2016 - Round 4

Added on 07.16.2016

GM David Smerdon video recap  The trend continues: only one decisive game per round in Bilbao. And the last three rounds the one to shake the score is always the same: Magnus Carlsen. It's not every day you see a player of Wesley's strength being totally lost after 21 moves. Magnus makes it look easy. even too much easy, sometimes. Even the commentators and the analysts weren't able to spot the "bad" moves that got So in trouble. It's just that the World Champion played apparently without...Full Story

Bilbao Masters Final 2016 - Round 3

Added on 07.15.2016

GM Alex Yermolinsky video recap  The most awaited game between World champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Sergey Karjakin went in favor of the Norwegian, who won in good style, crushing his Russian opponent. Let's say that if Karjakin wanted to hide his preparation, he was very successful. His play looked weak; nothing that could worry the World Champion.  Magnus said, in an interview after the game: "the early defeat forced me to play sharper", and today it showed. Carlsen was able to...Full Story

Bilbao Masters Final 2016 - Round 2

Added on 07.14.2016

GM Lars Bo Hansen video recap  It's a fact: Carlsen is the best player of the known - and unknown - Universe. But that's not all about the Norwegian ace; he's also amazingly good at bouncing back after a loss. Magnus doesn't lose often, but when it happens, you can be fairly sure that his next opponent is going to have a rough day at the office. Today Wei Yi, who's thought to be a probable challenger in the near future, had to taste the power of the present and, despite fighting hard, lost his...Full Story

Bilbao Masters Final 2016 - Round 1

Added on 07.13.2016

IM John Watson video recap  When I saw "black wins" I had to rub my eyes, clean the specs and look again. Komodo 10 had evaluation at -m7 but you know, it ain't over until it is over. But then, all of sudden, it was there! Nakamura, after 12 losses and 18 draws, beat - soundly - Magnus Carlsen in a classical game. Today is an important day for the American ace, who finally managed to overcome what many thought be a psychological issue. Hikaru played it down about this achievement during the...Full Story

Bilbao Chess Masters final 2016

Added on 07.05.2016

This year the Bilbao Chess Masters final promises to be a very interesting event, with the two most followed players of the circuit, Magnus and Hikaru, and the world Championship challenger Karjakin, in the last tournament together with the World Champion before their duel which will take place later this year. Also, the young rising star Wei Yi from China will be part of the lot. Wei Yi made the headlines when he passed the 2700 barrier going to the playing hall with his teddy bear,...Full Story

live events on icctv July 2016 calendar

Added on 06.30.2016

          "Here is the July 2016 schedule for ICC TV! Join us this month and become a star on ICC and YouTube!"    - GM Joel Benjamin   07/04 Monday 5PM IM Christof Sielecki An hour of Chess... Explained! 07/06 Wednesday 1PM IM Vojislav "voja" Milanovic LIVE Simul vs. 20 players 07/06 Wednesday 6PM GM Max Dlugy Take it to the Max! ...Full Story

World Champion vs. World Champion!

Added on 06.09.2016

The ICC Open, with $10,000 prizes in cash and years' worth of free membership for class prizes, is the most important online blitz tournament of the year. A plethora of strong GMs, IMs, FMs, along with hundreds of amateurs from all over the world measure themselves in this amazing event. This year the ICC Blitz Open has seen two World Champions face each other in the semi-finals. Magnus Carlsen plays regularly on ICC, although the World Champion does prefer to keep his accounts anonymous. Often...Full Story

live events on icctv june 2016 calendar

Added on 06.01.2016

          "Here is the June 2016 schedule for ICC TV! Join us this month and become a star on ICC and YouTube!"    - GM John Fedorowicz   Date Day Time Host Show Video 06/01 Wednesday 1PM IM Vojislav "voja" Milanovic LIVE Simul vs. 20 players 06/02 Thursday 6PM GM Alex Yermolinsky Every Russian Schoolboy Knows LIVE!   06/05 Sunday 6PM GM Max...Full Story

ICC Open 2016

Added on 05.16.2016

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Gashimov Memorial 2016

Added on 05.15.2016

The third Gashimov Memorial starts May the 26th at 7AM EDT - 13:00 CEST. ICC will relay the games and provide its members with the Game Of the Day service:  Alex Yermolinsky Larry Christiansen, Joel Benjamin, Max Dlugy, John Watson, Christof Sielecki, John Fedorowicz, Voja Milanovic, Ronen Har-Zvi will recap each round in a video. The first two editions were won by Magnus Carlsen, who will not be in Shamkir this year to defend his title, due to his preparation for the World Championship Match....Full Story

live events on icctv may 2016 calendar

Added on 05.01.2016

          "Here is the May 2016 schedule for ICC TV! Join us this month and become a star on ICC and YouTube!"    - GM David Smerdon   Date Day Time Host Show Video 05/01 Sunday 2PM IM Christof Sielecki SimulMaster   05/01 Sunday 6PM GM Max Dlugy Take it to the Max!  05/02 Monday 4PM IM Christof Sielecki An hour of Chess......Full Story

MULTISITE TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCEMENT JUNE 11th 2016

Added on 05.01.2016

Photo credit NASA MULTISITE TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCEMENT  JUNE 11th 2016 Participants will compete online and onsite against opposition from across the country in this exciting new tournament format.  Chess venues who wish to participate in multi-site tournaments please register at the link below. Chess venues outside the United States will be given special consideration -so we can have a truly international event:  https://multisitechess.wufoo.com/forms/m1inq14l0y26td5/ Locations include...Full Story

Norway Chess 2016 - Round 9

Added on 04.29.2016

GM Alex Yermolinsky video recap  FINAL Standings Pos. Points Player Rating 1 6.0 Magnus Carlsen 2851 2 5.5 Levon Aronian 2784 3-5 5.0 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2788     Veselin Topalov 2754     Vladimir Kramnik 2801 6-7 4.5 Pentala Harikrishna 2763     Li Chao 2755 8 4.0 Anish Giri 2790 9 3.6 Pavel...Full Story

Norway Chess 2016 - Round 8

Added on 04.28.2016

GM Joel Benjamin video recap  Standings Pos. Points Player Rating 1-2 5.0 Magnus Carlsen 2851     Levon Aronian 2784 3-5 4.5 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2788     Veselin Topalov 2754     Vladimir Kramnik 2801 6-7 4.0 Pentala Harikrishna 2763     Li Chao 2755 8 3.5 Anish Giri 2790 9 3.0 Pavel...Full Story

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